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I.C. L2P1_12h: Dg.Lines (actuals): Eng » Char (Ole Miss Chinese Flagship)
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At the end of last semester Zhang Tianming and Lisa applied to go to China to study Chinese. They had originally thought that it might be too late. To their surprise, the school very quickly agreed.
The two of them could study abroad and live in China for three or four months. This made them very happy.
Zhang Tianming and Lisa arrived in Shanghai first, and then took a high speed train to Nanjing.
The train was very fast, reaching their destination in only two hours.
Tianming's cousin drove to the train station to pick them up.
They would stay with Tianming's Aunt.
Before their trip to Harbin, Tianming's dad wanted them to make sure to go to Nanjing to see his former middle school, take some photographs, and send them to him.
So the day after they arrived in Nanjing, as soon as they finished breakfast Tianming's cousin took them to look for that middle school.
They never imagined that place had been turned into a shopping center. It didn't look anything like what Tianming's father talked about.
Tianming's cousin asked more than a few people, but none could say clearly where the middle school had moved.
Tianming thought his dad always said that he was from Nanjing, but in reality the Nanjing that he was familiar with had already disappeared. The Nanjing of today would actually be a totally strange place to him.
Although they didn't find his dad's middl school, Tianming's cousin happily said that he'd be willing to act as a tour guide and keep on taking them around on the streets so that they could get a gook look at Nanjing.
My dad often says that Nanjing is a very quiet city, so I never imagined it would be so lively!
Look, there are new tall buildings everywhere, and the streets are crowded with cars.
My dad often says that Nanjing is a very quiet city, so I never imagined it would be so lively! Look, there are new tall buildings everywhere, and the streets are crowded with cars.
Over the last few years the changes in Nanjing have indeed been great. I used to bike to work. Now I've started driving, too.
This is completely different from the China of my imagination. Where we were in Shanghai, if it hadn't been for the Chinese characters eveywhere, I'd have thought that I was in America.
My dad says that when he was little Nanjing saw very few foreigners, but now you see foreign tourists everywhere.
Aren't we two foreigners, too? Haha! You see on the other side of the street, American fast food, a Japanese bank, a French clothing store...
China's gate has been opened. Chinas has melded into the world. This is a good thing.
But I worry that if it continues like this there will be fewer and fewer distinctly Chinese things.
That won't happen. Nanjing preserved many things with a distinct Chinese character. Take architecture, for example-what is most distinctly Chinese in Nanjing is the Temple of Confucius. There are also food and drinks and amusements there...
then let's go to the Temple of Confucius and try Nanjing's local snacks.
No problem! No matter how much China changes, no matter how much Nanjing changes, when you are hungry, you've got to eat. That hasn't changed. You have heard the saying, "To mortals nothing matters as much as food," right?
Huh? What? Never heard of it.
The meanng of this saying, to put it simply, is that the most important thing in ordinary people's lives is food.
That seems to make sense. Tianming, look, what place is that? There are so many people there. Nearby there is food and entertainment. It's so colorful. Really beautiful and lively!
That's the Temple of Confucius.
It seems that people in Nanjing really want to preserve old Nanjing's character and tradition as much as possible.
Nanjing has on the one hand row after row of tall buildings, and on the other row upon row of traditional buildings. Standing here, I seem to hear a sound.
The footsteps of history. Tonight I'll send my dad an email message. I'll tell him that his middle school is nowhere to be found. I'll also send him the pictures that I took today for him to look at. I don't know if he'll feel happy or sad after he sees those.
I've also heard a sound.
The rumblings sound of my stomach. We've walked such a long way, but you don't seem tired or hungry. I, as your tour guide, am both thirsty and hungry. Don't forget, "To ordinary people nothing matters as much as food." Let's go and eat!
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